Foundation Course: Museum Learning

Please note that this course has now ended. To express your interest in a particular course please email [email protected]

Led by Course Director Pete Brown, the GEM Foundation Course on Museum Learning virtually explores a variety of topics relating to learning in museums, heritage and cultural settings, from access and inclusion to interpretation, from management to evaluation, interrogating different ideas and approaches to help you develop your skills and understanding.

Since the course first opened in 2015, participants have discovered new direction, succeeded in finding employment, produced exciting projects, and made change in their organisations. Each participant receives a year-long personal GEM membership to continue the learning and sharing beyond the course. 

Facilitated Zoom lectures, online activities, curated discussion groups, virtual or physical cluster museum visits as well as networking with peers will be part of this online course which is now even more accessible to GEM members all over the world.

What will I gain?

GEM’s Foundation Course in Museum Learning will provide you with opportunities to develop, practise and demonstrate the basic skills and knowledge needed to be a museums and heritage educator. 10 live sessions complete with virtual visits, guest lectures and skills workshops will guide you towards completing a work-based assignment that will benefit not only you but your organisation too.  You’ll be supported by an experienced course director, a group of like-minded peers, and a professional mentor within the sector.

“I have managed to put so many of the great ideas the course gave me into action and lots more to come over the next few months.”

Who is it for?

GEM’s Foundation Courses are intended for those in their first year or so of their museum education career; or for those working in a different part of the heritage sector but wishing to take up an education position.  Since this course is work-based, it is a requirement that applicants should be working or volunteering in the museums, heritage and cultural sector.

When & where is it?

This course will take place primarily online, but will possibly include virtual museum visits. Depending on Covid-19 restrictions, we hope to include an element of in-person interaction in the 2022 course.

This year the GEM Foundation Course will be hosted on our new Online Learning Platform, via This will enable participants to access course materials in one central space, with a secure login, easy-to-follow course structure, and the ability to track progress week-on-week. Each week there will be videos to watch, activities to complete, and a one hour live session hosted on Zoom.

During the course, participants complete a work-based assignment, which should be completed a month after the last virtual lecture.

Course fee?
The course fee is £650 per participant for GEM members and £780 for non-members. Bursary places available, please contact [email protected] for more information.

GEM is happy to work with individuals to create a flexible custom payment plan. To enquire about a suitable payment plan for you, please contact the GEM Office at [email protected] / 01634 816 280

Who runs the course?
Pete Brown, the course director, is a museum learning professional with over 20 years’ experience, including responsibility for CPD and organisational development at senior management level and for devising and running training courses for learning, curatorial and visitor services staff.

Will this course run again in 2022?
Plans for GEM’s 2022 Training Courses are currently taking shape. Please contact [email protected] to express your interest in a particular course.

Do you wonder if this course is for you?  Our course director, Pete Brown, tells us a little bit more about the course and who it’s for.  

How do I apply?

Applications for this course are now closed.

Have a question?  Please email [email protected].

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